by James Patterson

Paper Book, 2011



Detective Lindsay Boxer's long awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals, but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life, a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki's career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? Lindsay's every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she'll ever be able to start a family.… (more)


(322 ratings; 3.7)

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LibraryThing member LivelyLady
He has so lost his touch. I find his books to be superficial with its short chapters and basically no character development. I guess he will keep on producing as is as long as people read them. If this had not been passed onto me I would not have read it.
LibraryThing member skinglist
Not my favorite of the WMC or Patterson books. it's not the formulaicness that others have referenced, but rather the too much at once. By the time they got to December, I forgot about the Martins, never mind Avis and her babies. Far too much going on at work. I liked the timeline at the end - wish it had been in the beginning. I hope this isn't the end of the series. Seemed like JP was headed that way with too many loose ends.

My heart broke for Lindsay - I wish we'd seen more of Joe taking care of her after the news of her father. Nice non dwelling on the baby, but I can't imagine how much that's going to change who Lindsay is.
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LibraryThing member iddrazin
A segment of the mystery books reading public decry the value of James Patterson’s novels principally because they feel that his writing is not of the highest caliber and the books “must be bad” because no one is able to produce quality literature as fast as Patterson publishes his books. As I discussed in some detail in my review of Tick Tock, this is unfair. I wrote, among other things:

James Patterson has written that his goal is to be a good story teller, and this is how his writings should be evaluated. Does he tell a good story? Does the story hold our interest? Do we find ourselves caught up in the plot, the characters, the suspense? Does he write clearly? Do we understand what he is telling us? Do a large segment of people like his tales? If the answers to these questions, or most of them, are “yes,” then he is clearly a good writer. It should be obvious that when telling a story one does not have to use perfect English. In fact, the use of imperfect English may make the story more interesting. Secondly, it is unfair, even illogical to say that a person can’t tell more than one good story a year. Patterson is not the only writer who has produced many books. It makes more sense to judge each story on its own. He may tell six great tales in a row in a single year and then tell only one the following year that is not interesting.

This is the tenth book in the series of the women’s crime club, the seventh that James Paterson coauthored with Maxine Paetro. He wrote the first by himself and the next two with Andrew Gross. They are all good stories with interesting characters, engaging plots, suspense, and interest-holding events. We are left with the feeling that we would like to know more about the characters and about the crimes they become involved with. This is clear by the success of the series, that it has continued for ten volumes.

This novel is filled with plots and subplots. Lindsay Boxer, the police sergeant who turned down a chance to become a lieutenant saying she prefers working the streets, has a second chance for the position, but misses it when she fails to keep her phone active. The position is given to a large, hard-nosed man from out of state, who is now Lindsay’s boss, is married, and is dating Lindsay’s dear friend the prosecutor Yuki Castellano without telling her that he is married. Lindsay becomes involved in the disappearance of a lying fifteen year old pregnant girl, who turns up bloodied and disheveled and claims she doesn’t know where her new born baby is. Lindsay marries her love, Joe, but is hardly ever home. Meanwhile, Yuki, who is dating her boss, is prosecuting a case of a woman who she is convinced killed her husband. The defense attorney is excellent and cleverly destroys many pieces of her evidence. She lost too many cases in the past and her boss warns her that another loss will be detrimental, and a win could give a jump to her career. Lindsay tells Yuki that she is convinced that the woman is innocent. Lindsay’s other friend Cindy, the newspaper reporter, starts a sexual liaison with Lindsay’s partner, a handsome cop who had clearly loved Lindsay, and Lindsay is concerned that information that should not be disclosed is being passed on over the bedroom pillow. These are just some of the beginning tensions that come together in intriguing ways in this well-told tale.
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LibraryThing member TomWheaton
This was a typical Women's Murder Club book. Quick read, page-turner with a twist at the end. I wonder if this is the last in this series? However, the last line would lead you to think there will be more.
LibraryThing member busyreadin
One of the best in this series. A lot of loose ends are tied up with the Murder Club investigates kidnappings, baby selling, and murder trials.

Maybe a little too much on the romance side, but everyone deserves their version of a happy ending.
LibraryThing member pjforrer
The newest in the series of the Women's Murder Club is a welcome addition. As usual the characters are dynamic and several plots are woven throughout the book--a missing baby, a serial rapist, and murder trial filled with twists and turns. Character relationships are left wide open for the next installment.
LibraryThing member delphimo
The Ladies Club series that James Patterson co writes with Maxine Paetro fall under the heading of beach reading. As usual with Patterson, the chapters are short, and before you realize you have almost completed the novel. The main theme in this installation is babies and Lindsay Boxer's obsession in becoming pregnant. The book begins with the marriage of Lindsay and Joe and spends much time with Yuki Castellano and her court trials. A noted female heart surgeon is on trial for the murder of her husband. A young seventeen-year-old girl wanders out of the forest and claims that her newborn baby has been kidnapped. Lindsay, Yuki, and Cindy race to find a baby, a conviction, or a story, while Claire calmly waits in the background in this story.… (more)
LibraryThing member blockbuster1994
While James Patterson is not creating Edgar contenders at this point in his career, I still thorougly enjoy the entertainment value found within the Women's Murder Club series. The writing style is straightforward and easy to read. Patterson does not waste effort describing atmosphere, nor does he ponder the relevence of mankind. There is not one memorable phrase from within the book, but do we always need that?

At the end of the day, I read for pleasure. This is a good plot from a somewhat believable scenario. The trial elements are not accurate, but I would not expect the story to get bogged down in real life. It flows. It works. Its a fun read.
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LibraryThing member cmeilink
With a missing baby, a doctor on trial for murdering her husband, a long-awaited wedding, and a growing relationship with a married man, the Murder Club has their hands full.

Lindsay and Joe finally tie the knot, but her father adds to his long list of disappointments by not attending the wedding.

A missing baby sends Lindsay out on the streets again when a teenager is found bleeding on the side of the road, not remembering how she got there or what happened to the baby she just delivered.

Yuki finally finds the romance she's been seeking in Jackson Brady, Lindsay's new boss, but is this destined for failure like her other relationships? When Yuki finds out the new man in her life is married, that's exactly what she expects.

Cindy goes off on an investigation and ends up another missing person.

James Patterson & Maxine Paetro have joined forces a number of times and in this latest effort have given their fans a quick and enjoyable read with the entire cast of characters of the MC.
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LibraryThing member magnolia2
This is book 10 of the Women's Murder Club. It has a few surprises and is a definite quick entertaining summer read. This book does not have the graphic violence that many of its predecessors do.
LibraryThing member Sharn
Another good Women's Murder Club book. I swear they haven't let me down yet. 3 different plots going at the same time with varying intensities and all wrapped up nicely at the end. Very easy read. Definite recommend.

I know this is a short review but these books are hard for me to review properly since there are so many stories going at once.… (more)
LibraryThing member TerriBooks
Gotta love these characters. While this book substantially moved along the stories of some of the main characters, which was a very good thing, it felt as if there was maybe one too many crimes to solve. I ended up feeling "what was that in there for?" in particular about the story line involving Cindy and the taxi. But I can't wait for the next installment in Lindsey's family life.… (more)
LibraryThing member JosephLYoung
Lindsay Boxer is together with her crew and they are partying! Lindsay and Joe are finally getting married. Jacobi has been bumped upstairs to Chief of Police and a newcomer has taken the corner office. Clair's daughter (and Lindsay's god child) is just adorable and the rest of the crew are eagerly seeking mates so they may also satisfy their maternal urges to propagate. Cindy is in love with Lindsay's partner, (hottie) Richard Conklin and Yuki is dating Lindsay's new boss, Jackson Brady. Another great tale from the master or should I say, several tales. There's the lost little girl who doesn't remember who she is or where she is, only that she has lost her baby and nearly bled to death. There's the Cardiac Surgeon who is being charged with murdering her philandering husband and becoming a source of friction between Yuki and Lindsay and finally the serial rapist that has been hitting across the city and leaving victims near their homes or places of work and no memories of what happened during their four or five hours of missing life, only disheveled clothing and soreness down below. A great group of familiar characters come together to solve these widely disparate cases while introducing some new, complex and interesting characters. Stand by for an exciting read with a stable of characters that seem like a familiar family. The Women's Murder Club is together to do what they do best!… (more)
LibraryThing member Nebraska_Girl1971
I am still enjoying this series
LibraryThing member KimSmyth
A quick, easy beach or afternoon read.
LibraryThing member Richard3432
Great!! One of the best in the series.
LibraryThing member DavidLErickson
Entertaining multiple story lines. This is one of Patterson's better books in the series, but as has been the case since the 7th Heaven, Detective Lindsey Boxer has shown that she can cry with the slightest provocation.
Yes, we are dealing with unspeakabe crimes, but we also have a protagonist who started out the series as tough-as-nails, then denigrated to a cry-baby when Patterson added author Maxine Paetro to the mix. I'm still hoping the original Detective Boxer will reemerge.… (more)
LibraryThing member imyknott
Great as usual. That guy can do no wrong for me - I read his books so quickly - they are great.
LibraryThing member Heptonj
Another excellent novel in the Women's Murder Club series. I love the way the characters blend together so well and the way the ladies' personal lives are revealed while all the time keeping up a good pace of the plot.

This time there are two main crimes to solve, one involving a doctor accused of murdering her husband and the other a serial rapist. Also, there is the question of a girl's missing new-born baby. All four ladies of the murder club have personal interests in the cases and Cindy gets more than she bargained for.… (more)
LibraryThing member jbemrose
Lindsey Boxer and Joe Molinari findly got married.Yuki finds romance with Lindsey's new boss Jackson Brady. Cimdy & Conklin get engaged. Also a teenager is found bleeding on the side of the road and missing her baby, wamon are being druged and rape, and a woman on trail for murdering her husband. I like the woman murding club.… (more)
LibraryThing member beckymmoe
Pretty much what we've come to expect from a Women's Murder Club mystery--puzzling cases, suspenseful standoffs, and fun comraderie between the four friends who make up the club. This one had a bit more of the women working seperately or in pairs then I remember in the past--none of the cases had them all working together this time--but it worked. There were a few pretty big surprises in their personal lives that really highlight how far they've all come since book one. It was a quick, statisfying read for fans of the series--nothing spectacular, but fun.… (more)
LibraryThing member Barb_H
I do enjoy reading the books in this series. They are entertaining and quick. I have grown attached to the characters as well and find myself laughing, smiling and crying right along with them. I love the short chapters and being able to easily squeeze in one or two, here or there.
LibraryThing member melissarochelle
Read from April 30 to May 04, 2011

Perhaps one of the worst books ever. This was the only Patterson-related series I still read and I'm thinking this is the last JP novel I will ever read. Usually there's some overarching crime that keeps you intrigued, but the first "mystery" was resolved halfway through the book and the other one or two were just as ridiculous. And what happened to the ladies actually hanging out with each other...part of what made this series different is that the women worked together and there was none of that. Total disappointment.… (more)
LibraryThing member dlinglis
I've been disappointed with Patterson lately. This was a little better but not much. Even though the characters have been developed over the past 9 books they felt flat here. And too many plot lines to feel like any of them were complete. Over all if was OK but not great.
LibraryThing member buffalogr
Another great Women's Murder Club book--my #10 of 13. Lindsay gets married and catches the real killer while saving a baby. What a read/listen! Show me #11


Little Brown and Company (2011), Unknown Binding

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